The 12th wife of former West public schoolboy King Mswati III of Swaziland has accused him of throwing her out of the royal household over an alleged affair with the country’s justice minister.
Nothando Dube, 23, a former Miss Swaziland, also accuses the King, who studied at Sherborne School, of keeping her under house arrest for a year.
She married King Mswati at the age of 16 and has three children by him.
She has told the South African Sunday Times that she was thrown out of the palace after pepper-spraying a security guard who had tried to prevent her leaving to seek medical aid for her son.
King Mswati, 43, has 13 wives, and chooses a new one each year at a ceremony at which hundreds of young women dance before him.
He has frequently been criticised for his lavish personal spending while many of his people live in poverty.
King Mswati was chosen to succeed his father at the age of 14, but continued his education at Sherborne while two of his father’s wives ruled as regents. He was crowned at the age of 18 and later made a nostalgic visit to Sherborne.